Painting cinderblock walls and fencing in Phoenix

Here in the Valley, most backyards are separated by cinderblock walls instead of fences. These gray or brown masonry walls fit with the aesthetic of most Phoenix neighborhoods, but they may not be a perfect fit for what you want out of your backyard. The team at Crash of Rhinos Painting can help with this. In addition to our stucco home exterior painting services, we also offer cinderblock painting.

Get a free estimate for your painting project by giving us a call today.

What is cinderblock?

In our industry, what is commonly called “cinderblock” by most homeowners actually has an official name: Concrete Masonry Unit. This concrete building material is incredibly versatile and durable. Here in the Valley, it’s used in both home construction and in block wall fencing between backyards.

Why paint your cinderblock wall?

Here are three of the reasons you should consider having our team paint your home’s cinderblock wall:

  • Improve the look of your property: Over time, these block walls can begin to look dingy and old. Their original brown or gray isn’t that attractive to begin with, and age tends to mute even these colors. By having us paint your cinderblock wall, you can make your backyard feel vibrant again.
  • Fit the aesthetics of your backyard: Not every backyard design fits with a brown or gray cinderblock wall. By having our team paint your block wall, you can transform your backyard into a more vibrant space that fits your home’s style.
  • Build a backyard movie theatre: One creative use of the backyard block wall is as a makeshift movie screen. By painting one side of the wall white, you can then project movies onto the wall, without the worry of having to maintain a screen.

Can cinderblock be painted?

Painting your cinderblock walls can add a splash of color to your backyard here in Phoenix, Arizona.Yes. Painting the cinderblock in your backyard is possible. There’s just one catch, however: in contrast to stucco, cinderblock uses a fair amount of paint. If you take a closer look at the blocks, you’ll notice tiny air holes and pockets that form a sponge-like surface. These concrete blocks are incredibly porous, which means they soak up paint easily. If you’re going to have us paint your cinderblock walls, we’ll need to bring some additional paint along.

The good news is that most cinderblock doesn’t need extensive pre-treatment or prep work. In fact, most of the preparation for painting cinderblock goes into ensuring that nothing else—including your neighbor’s side of the block wall—gets painted accidentally.

Getting started

If you’re interested in having our team paint your backyard’s cinderblock wall, give us a call today to schedule a free quote. We’ll walk you through the painting process and provide you with more information about colors and the project timeline.

What does peeling paint on your stucco home indicate?

Stucco is a common exterior finish used on homes here in Arizona due to its durability and aesthetically pleasing look. Most stucco homes fit within the aesthetic of neighborhoods and communities here in the Phoenix metro. However, like all exterior building materials, stucco can show signs of damage and wear over time. In this article, we’ll review what you should do if you notice peeling paint on your stucco home.

If you’ve been noticing that the paint on your stucco home is starting to peel, you might need to have your home repainted in the near future. For a free estimate here in the Phoenix metro, call us at Crash of Rhinos Painting!

Find an exterior painting company that repairs peeling paint and stucco problems before painting!What causes stucco paint to peel?

Exterior paint should only be applied over stucco that is free from blemishes and damage, such as hairline cracks and holes. If the exterior of your home has been painted multiple times in the past, peeling paint could indicate that the stucco was not properly prepared or repaired before the paint was applied. This means that the paint didn’t have an opportunity to fully adhere to the stucco surface.

Insist on a longer warranty

This is just one of the reasons why you should only hire an exterior painting company that offers an extensive warranty. Companies that offer 1-year or 2-year warranties may be taking shortcuts, knowing that the paint won’t start to peel until after the warranty has already expired. We take the time to do things right at Crash of Rhinos, which is one of the reasons we offer a 7-year warranty on our work.

Preparing stucco for painting

To properly paint stucco, the exterior painters need to go through an extensive prep work process. This includes pressure washing the surface, repairing any damaged or cracked stucco, and more:

  • Temporarily remove landscaping items and light fixtures for clear access
  • Clean the entire exterior through pressure washing or a similar process
  • Repair any cracks or other damage to the stucco exterior
  • Protect windows, doors, and walkways from paint using masking techniques
  • Prime the exterior
  • Paint the exterior with a quality product
  • Replace any items moved before the painting process

If this prep work is done right and the exterior painters are using high-quality paint specially formulated for stucco adhesion, the results should not only look great, but should also retain their color without fading or peeling far into the future.

See how we treat peeling paint on your stucco home’s foundation:

What should you do if you have peeling paint on your stucco home?

Contact us. We offer free estimates here in the Valley. We’ll meet with you to inspect the exterior of your home and see the extent of the problem. If it’s time for your home to be re-painted, we’ll provide you with an honest, upfront quote and provide you with a proposal folder describing our process in detail. That’s just the way we do things at Crash of Rhinos Painting!

What are the signs your home’s exterior needs to be repainted?

It is important to keep your home’s exterior in great condition for many reasons. This small investment not only boosts your home’s curb appeal, value, and personality, but also acts as the initial line of defense against all kinds of damage such as weather and insects. Some basic maintenance or precautionary measures can really go a long way.

However, after an extended amount of time in our hot climate, signs of wear become almost inevitable. In this article, we will review in detail some of the most common signs that it’s time for a fresh paint job.

Here are the 4 signs your home’s exterior needs to be repainted

#1. Exterior Paint Chalking

Chalking refers to the white, chalky substance that forms on stucco exteriors and walls here in the Valley. It is the direct result of acrylic resins breaking down, leaving behind titanium dioxide—a base pigment in paint. On stucco, exterior paint chalking is caused by age and weathering: as those resins break down, patches of white dust begin to appear.

How can you tell if your exterior is chalking? Look for white patches on your stucco. Run your finger over the spot, and you should come away with a fine powder on your finger akin to chalk.

Here’s something you should know: severe chalking is more likely to occur earlier in the lifespan of the exterior paint if the initial paint was:

  • Applied to an inadequately prepped home
  • Low-grade quality (low-grade paints contain more pigments and less acrylic coating, which leads to more chalking).
  • Improperly sealed

In other words, while chalking is a natural and eventual outcome for most home exteriors after a certain point, premature chalking only a few years into the paint’s lifespan may point to shortcuts that were taken with the initial application.

#2. Fading & Color Morph

Given our high degree of year-round UV exposure, paint fade and color morph are a major threat to the exteriors of our stucco homes. Both problems are caused by the eventual failure of the paint’s tint. Drive around many Valley neighborhoods, and you’ll see homes with faded exteriors and colors that have morphed over time. Take a closer look, and you’ll see the difference in color between parts of the exterior with regular sun exposure and other parts of the stucco that have sat in the shade or only have partial UV exposure.

As with the chalking issue, exterior paint is more likely to fade prematurely if the paint:

  • thinned at the time of application
  • a low-grade paint with a relatively low tint

This is why it is especially important here in Phoenix to work with an exterior painter that uses high-grade, UV-resistant paint. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we’re proud to use only Dunn-Edwards exterior paint, which is specially formulated for both stucco and our UV conditions here in the desert Southwest.

#3. Flaking, Chipping, Peeling

As we’ve established so far, the exterior paint on our homes takes a beating over the course of our summers and monsoon season. Many exterior paint problems can be attributed to our climate. This includes flaking, chipping, or peeling paint. Over time, sun, wind, rain, and even woodpecker damage can contribute to exterior paint issues.

This is why it is so important that the stucco gets repaired prior to a new layer of paint being put on. In so many cases, old paint problems come back to haunt a home with new paint because the exterior painter did not sufficiently repair the stucco or apply a new primer. Primer is especially important to preventing peeling, chipping, and flaking, since it helps the paint adhere to the stucco walls.

#4. Paint Bubbling

While paint bubbling and blistering is not as common a problem here in our relatively dry climate, it’s still something that you may see on trim sections or in some stucco homes. The appearance of “bubbles” or “blisters” beneath the paint is the result of pockets of moisture making their way out of the stucco and trying to escape through the paint.

Our painters apply DRYLOK to prevent later issues with bubbling paint.

To prevent paint bubbling or blistering, it’s important that the exterior painter fully remove all the previous paint and then apply a waterproofing substance–especially along the stem wall, where there is more likely to be moisture rising up from the soil around your home. Here at Crash of Rhinos, we use a product called DRYLOK for this very purpose. Unfortunately, if this essential step was skipped by your prior painter, you’re more than likely going to start to see paint problems bubbling to the surface on your home’s stucco exterior.

Here are your next steps

If you’re starting to see any of the signs of exterior paint damage listed above, it’s time to call our team for a free inspection and quote. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we provide exterior painting services throughout the Valley. Our team can help you identify if it’s time to repaint your stucco home.

How often does your stucco home here in Phoenix need painting?

If you live in Phoenix or the Phoenix metro area, you are probably well aware that stucco homes are the most-popular home exterior style in the Valley. It is the perfect exterior for our desert environment, plus it requires much less maintenance than most other home exterior types. The catch here is that stucco requires very special attention while the paint is being applied, which is why you should always entrust a professional exterior painting company with painting your home.

Here at Crash of Rhinos Painting, you can get an estimate from our team and learn more about the entire painting process that we back with our industry-leading 7-year warranty. Contact us today to get started!

You should have your Phoenix stucco home repainted every 7-10 years.In this article, we will discuss all of the ins-and-outs of stucco home painting—including how often should you have your stucco home repainted.

How often should you repaint your stucco?

Stucco is a very durable surface, often being made from a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and sometimes lime. It is also a long-lasting surface, making it the perfect exterior for your home here in the desert. It is very common for homeowners to paint their exterior stucco to give it color. Painted stucco will need to be repainted periodically.

Something else to consider: stucco is prone to cracking from both the house settling and the expansion caused by the heat of the Arizona summer sun. Small cracks are usually nothing to worry about and can be repaired prior to the re-painting process. Paint finishes usually last anywhere from 5-10 years on stucco homes. However, there are a few things that contribute to how long your paint will last.

1. Paint Quality

The quality of paint used on a stucco home affects the entire durability of the finish. You should choose a painting company that uses the highest-quality paint available. Crash of Rhinos uses Dunn-Edwards paints that are specially formulated for the harsh summer sun here in the Phoenix area.

2. Proper Application

As with all finish applications, you must apply the paint to a clean stucco surface to achieve the best adherence between the coating and the structure of the house. Pressure-washing the exterior of the home will remove any dirt, grease, and plant residue from the stucco surface to provide the best base for the paint. Paint is essentially a glue, so the surface it is painted on must be free of any material that prevents it from fully and completely adhering to the walls of the house.

3. Climate

Climate is a huge factor in how often your home will need to be painted. In hot, dry climates—like here in the Valley—the paint will eventually begin to see wear-and-tear from the UV damage caused by the constant sun. This is why choosing the right paint is so important. The Dunn-Edwards exterior paints used by Crash of Rhinos are specifically manufactured to stand up to intense, constant UV bombardment.

When it comes time to paint your stucco home, choose our team

Here at Crash of Rhinos, we go above and beyond for our customers. We only paint stucco exteriors, which means that we specialize in how to paint them right, from our painting prep work and the quality of the paint we use to our 7-year warranty. There is no reason not to choose us! We can get your Valley home looking brand new in no time. Contact us today!

Here’s what you need to know about stucco exterior home painting

Crash of Rhinos is your team for stucco exterior home painting here in Phoenix. Call us today!

Stucco repair and prep work is a critical part of any stucco home exterior painting project.

Everyone who lives in the Valley knows that stucco homes are the most popular home style in many neighborhoods. Stucco homes can be painted various colors, but the painting process has to be done so in a very specific way. At Crash of Rhinos, we specialize in stucco exterior home painting here in the Phoenix metro area.

Painting the exterior of your stucco home can transform the entire presentation your house has to offer. The right paint job for your home can not only dramatically increase its curb appeal, but it can also increase the overall value of your property.

Even if you have no near-future plans to sell your house, a quality exterior paint job can protect your home against the natural elements we deal with here in Phoenix, such as the sun, wind, rain, mildew, and mold.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few tips and tricks that can give your home’s makeover the perfect look.

Tip #1: Choose the right painting company

We listed this tip first because it is the most important aspect of the entire process. You NEED to hire the right painter to take care of your stucco exterior paint job. Here are just a few things you should be aware of when choosing an exterior painting company:

  • The painters your hire should be licensed, bonded, and insured to protect your home and your property.
  • You should ask the painters how they handle the “small things,” such as trim around doors and windows.
  • Ask to see images and videos of their previous work and look for any signs of an unprofessional exterior painting job, such as air holes, cracking, peeling, or blisters on the walls.

One of the reasons Crash of Rhinos is one of the Valley’s top-rated exterior painting companies is our dedication to customer service. You can check out our reviews and you will quickly see that we almost always do a perfect job.

We even go as far as to offer a 7-year warranty on our exterior paint jobs. That is technically 5 years longer than legally required by our state. We have no problem offering this warranty because our work is THAT good.

Tip #2: Choose the right kind of paint

This goes right along with choosing the right painting company to handle your exterior paint job. Many companies’ quotes may seem extremely low for the job you are requesting and that is because they’re also using a lower quality of paint, or a paint that is not meant to be used on a stucco home. When it comes to exterior painting, the type of paint matters.

We are proud to stand by our professional-grade Dunn-Edwards paint that is specifically formulated for exteriors in the desert. A few qualities that make this the right type of paint for your Phoenix stucco home include:

  • Vibrant Color Options: Our Dunn-Edwards paint really works for stucco homes as it attaches to the surface and creates a strong bond for better and more consistent colors.
  • UV-Blocking Quality: Our paint is designed to stand the test of time under the intense UV radiation of the sun without fading for years on end.

Tip #3: Choose a team that does the prep work

Crash of Rhinos takes pride in the fact that we put in the necessary time to prep your home before painting. We know that it matters and will make a difference in the overall quality of your exterior paint job. There is no way to properly paint a stucco home without taking steps to get the home ready by protecting light fixtures and fixing any existing stucco damage.

This is why we do our homework before the job is being done so we can adequately prepare your home for its specific paint job.

A few things included in our prep work are:

  • Pulling back rocks from the edge of your home
  • Pressure washing
  • Stucco repairs
  • Primer

This all wraps back to our 7-year warranty. We do the work on the front end so that your exterior paint job will last for years and years to come.

If you’re thinking about repainting your stucco home in the Phoenix area, contact us today to be paired with experienced and licensed painters.

Digital rendering allows you to see your home painted before we paint

Repainting the exterior of your home is not a project to be taken lightly, especially here in Arizona. A new exterior paint job can either make-or-break the appearance of your home and its curb appeal. That’s why digital rendering is included with our Professional Color Consultant service. This not only gives you a chance to see what your house will look like when the project is complete, but it also gives you a chance to try out different colors digitally, without having to paint your actual home several different colors.

Our Professional Color Consultant service includes digital rendering work.

Digital rendering can help you see what your home will look like painted.

What exactly is a digital rendering?

A digital rendering is a digital image of your home that can be modified and edited with different color paint options, so you can see exactly what your home will look like after we complete our work. When we provide you with a digital rendering, you receive a digital mapping of the front of your home that will give you a very good idea of how it will look when the color you choose has been applied.

This is basically looking at a photo of your house, and being able to swap colors in real-time to see the best fit for your home, your yard, and your vision. These renderings provided by Crash of Rhinos will help you make an informed decision without blindly choosing how your home’s exterior is going to look. This also helps you pick the best color for your home before we actually touch brush to paint.

What is the purpose of getting a digital rendering?

Deciding on a final color for the exterior of your home can be the most difficult part of the entire exterior home painting process. Digital renderings allow you to have an actual photo of your home, with the new colors you are deciding between. This makes it easier to confidently choose the most appealing color combinations for your home. There is a huge difference in seeing the new colors on a stock photo of a random house, versus seeing it on your actual home, in your yard, next to your real neighbors.

How does this process work?

We offer the services of our Professional Color Consultant. They will work with you to decide on visually pleasing color schemes for your home’s exterior. If you live in a neighborhood with a Homeowners Association, They’ll even contact them for pre-approved colors. Some HOAs have very strict rules in place as far as what colors you can and cannot use, and we take the hassle out of this step by contacting them directly.

Next, we map your home. Using just a photo of the exterior of your home, your Professional Color Consultant will map the front with very specific details to produce the most-accurate, computer-generated digital rendering.

Once the digital rendering is produced, you and your Professional Color Consultant will use the previously discussed color schemes and apply them to the rendering for you both to review. This is the step where you will be able to make hands-on decisions and decide what color your new exterior will be.

Lastly, you and your Professional Color Consultant will test all of the color options until you are 100% satisfied with the new color for your home’s exterior. The digital rendering will make this part so easy, because you will be able to see your actual house with the colors you have chosen. For this step, we do recommend also taking into consideration that the computer renderings can look slightly different than they will in person.

Our solution to this is to further assist you with providing paint samples and testing color swatches on different areas of your home. Things like sunlight, tree shade, and landscape can make the colors look different once actually on your home. We like to mention this last step because colors can vary with any paint job.

See your home with a new color today with Crash of Rhinos Painting

If you are interested in seeing what your home’s exterior would look like with brand-new paint, give us a call for a free quote. We can help you find the perfect fit for your vision and your neighborhood. Our state-of-the-art software will help you make the final decision on colors by letting you see what your home will look like once painted.

Our tips for selecting the best exterior colors for your home

As anyone who has decided to paint an accent wall in their living room knows, the sheer number of colors and options is mind-boggling. Walking into the paint section of your hardware store can lead to the immediate onset of choice paralysis. After all, those two shades of gold are the same—right? While you’re unlikely to paint your stucco home here in the Valley bright gold, there’s a similar number of choices to be made. The team here at Crash of Rhinos is here to guide you through the paint color decision process, one step at a time.

Our professional color consultant can help you pick the best exterior colors for your home here in Phoenix.

Our Professional Color Consultant can help you pick the best exterior colors for your stucco home here in Phoenix.

The first step? We recommend contacting us for a free quote here in Phoenix. Picking the right paint color for your home starts with seeing what your house looks like, what your neighborhood looks like, and hearing from you about your preferences.

Start by narrowing down your choices:

This sounds counterintuitive, but it’s actually the most-effective way to come to a decision. First, you’ll want to rule out anything not allowed by an HOA—basically, anything outside of their approved color list is a non-starter. (If the idea of navigating your HOA’s labyrinthian rule books on exterior paint colors already has you yawning, you should consider our Professional Color Consultant services. We do the work for you!).

Study your neighborhood’s color scheme

During exterior house painting projects, consider the general color palette of your neighbors’ homes. If you choose colors similar to those shades, your home will fit nicely within the neighborhood. Conversely, picking colors not common in your neighborhood will help to highlight your home.

Before choosing shades for your accent, trim, and field, look at your house from the edge of your property. When using earth tones, your home will blend with any surrounding foliage. Lighter, brighter colors will make your house more distinct.

Even if you don’t have an HOA, you’ll want to stay within the general aesthetic parameters of your neighbors and the neighborhood. Remember: nobody wants a “unicorn.” A house that sticks out like a sore thumb will be harder to sell down the road.

Carefully consider accent, trim, and field colors

When choosing paint colors, think of your home’s exterior as composed of three parts: accent, trim, and field. Understanding each part’s place on the outside of your house will help you make great color choices:

  • The accent covers features like doors or window boxes.
  • The trim includes edging on window frames and house siding.
  • The field is the outer walls of your house.

These three aspects of the exterior will most often be painted in different shades so that the trim stands out from the field. Always be sure to choose accent, trim, and field colors that complement each other.

Get a digital rendering from Crash of Rhinos Painting

If you’re unsure how to proceed, or you want a professional to help you select colors appropriate for the exterior of your home, give us a call and ask about our Professional Color Consultant. As part of this service, we not only do the research to help you find the right colors for your home, but we also use state-of-the-art software to prepare digital renderings that will show you what your home will look like painted.

Great painting prep makes all the difference

When it comes to painting the exterior of stucco homes here in Phoenix, prep work isn’t just something—it’s everything. The bottom-line is this: if you hire a painter that doesn’t prep the exterior of the home right prior to painting, your new paint is going to peel and fade faster. It just won’t be able to stand up to the elements here in the Valley. Believe us: great painting prep makes all the difference.

Trust Crash of Rhinos with your painting prep work.That’s why Crash of Rhinos has a proven, time-tested process for preparing your home’s stucco for painting. To learn more about our painting process and to get a free quote, contact us today, or call our team at (602) 540-7471.

Choose a team that will get it right the first time

When our team arrives at your home, we’ll start the process of prepping your home for painting. Here’s what we start with:

Moving furniture, removing fixtures, and pulling back rocks

While it may be easier to tape off lighting and other exterior home fixtures, removing them, if possible, provides a much more reliable and efficient way to get a consistent look.

The rocks around your home can get in the way of a clean finished edge. By moving them away from the foundation, we get full coverage with leaving no stones masked by paint.

Masking

All of the exterior doors, windows, and immovable fixtures are carefully covered in tape and plastic to protect them from stray paint.

Pressurized wash

Removing as much of the grit, residue, and grime from your home’s exterior ensures paint has a solid surface to grab onto. Otherwise, the risk of paint flaking, peeling, or bubbling is greatly increased.

Repairing flaws

At this stage, damaged stucco and drywall are taken care of to make sure you get a uniform and appealing finish.

Sealing the stem wall

One of the most important parts of your home is where the foundation meets the exterior. Called the stem wall, we make sure it is scraped clean of old paint and sealed to prevent the egress of moisture.

Priming and Painting

Using separate primers, we prep each surface to promote the best paint adhesion and colors that really pop. Then each surface is painstakingly painted to perfection.

Choose a team that does the homework

Too many stucco painting companies in the Valley are willing to take shortcuts when it comes to prep work. That’s just going to lead to unsatisfactory results for you and your home down the road. At Crash of Rhinos, we take the time to do painting prep work right because we know it matters.